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Camden's Hawley Arms rises from the ashes

PUBLISHED: 12:37 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:33 07 September 2010

ONE of Camden Town s most famous landmarks will come back from the dead on Hallowe en. The Hawley Arms pub, which was devastated by February s Great Fire Of Camden, will rise from the ashes and once again open its doors to revellers tomorrow night. The tr

ONE of Camden Town's most famous landmarks will come back from the dead on Hallowe'en.

The Hawley Arms pub, which was devastated by February's Great Fire Of Camden, will rise from the ashes and once again open its doors to revellers tomorrow night.

The trendy pub, a favourite among celebs and rockers, has been given a makeover but its owners promise the same old Hawley atmosphere will return.

Ruth Mottram, one of the three managers, said: "We've tried very hard to keep the feel of the pub the same - it's got the same colour scheme for example.

"We wanted it to be like the Hawley was coming back rather than we were opening a new pub.

"We are really excited about being back and open again. We'd just like to thank people who have waited patiently for us to open and we are looking forward to seeing a few regular faces coming back."

Private parties have been held this week to thank those who supported the managers over the past six months.

A clock which stopped when the fire ravaged the original interior has been saved and stands as a memento of the old bar.

The future of the boozer looked in doubt at one stage, as the plans for the Hawley were held up by red tape due to health and safety concerns with fire exits.

Plans to put a new staircase outside the rear of the building to save on space had to be scrapped, while a new fire escape will be installed on the first floor.

Ms Mottram said revellers would be pleased by the new look: "There's now one big fire-protected staircase and this has altered the layout of the rest of the pub. The capacity is the same as before."

The pub's return has been welcomed by other bar owners in Camden Town.

Alex Proud, owner of the bar and gallery Proud Camden, said: "It will be great to see the Hawley back. People have said to me it must have been good for business when it closed but that is not the case at all.

"We all live off each other here in Camden Town. Thursday nights have been heavily down since it was closed. It's a great place and its return is very welcome."

But the return of the Hawley has been greeted with unease by neighbours of one-time regular Amy Winehouse.

With the singer living the life of a hermit in recent weeks, the increasingly frustrated paparazzi have packed up their cameras and moved elsewhere.

But, with the Hawley up and running once again, Winehouse's social life may take a turn for the better and the neighbourhood may once again be besieged by the flash mob.

Neighbour Sherman Sam said: "Oh God. We will just have to work harder to convince her to leave.

"I don't have any objection to her going to the Hawley. I just want her to move out of my street. She must want to live in a gated community anyway.

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